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    Smile scientific/science terms

    For my biology class, I have to memorize so many different scientific/science terms.



    Is it proper to say scientific or science terms in the above context and why? Thanks.


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    Re: scientific/science terms

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    For my biology class, I have to memorize so many different scientific/science terms.

    Is it proper to say scientific or science terms in the above context and why? Thanks.
    When you use "proper", it makes it hard to answer because what's proper for formal written English might not be appropriate for casual speech and vice versa. 'proper' smacks of personal taste and personal taste is a terrible thing to inject when one is trying to make scientific advances.

    'scientific' is the more common adjective form though 'science' is making headway. In your example, seemingly speech, which could easily be quite casual, I would expect to hear either.

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    Re: scientific/science terms

    Thanks, riverkid, for the elaborate and beneficial reply.
    I get it now.

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